Willis: Funding Life-saving Services

NORTHLAKE, IL – As the General Assembly continue to reconvene in Springfield for a special session, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, released the following statement.

There are a lot of issues plaguing Illinois today, and without a full-year, balanced budget, it has become increasingly difficult to fund life-saving services and programs that assist people with developmental disabilities. We cannot continue to rely on court-orders and borrowed funds. The time has come to put forward an honest plan that has a new source of revenue so that vital organizations that help people with developmental disabilities do not have to close their doors on their clients. The governor knows this, I know it, and, at the end of the day, it is the right thing to do.

It simply is not right that as people with developmental disabilities are losing access to life-saving care, Governor Rauner is attempting to help the rich profit even more than they already are. Illinois should be known for the compassion that we show to individuals who need help, and the only way that we can sufficiently do that is to find new sources of revenue by requiring the super-rich and wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes.

With this additional revenue, people who suffer from developmental disabilities can continue to receive life-saving assistance, and, instead of being known for our historically-long budget impasse, Illinois can be known for the kindness that we show to those who need our help the most.

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.